5/13/16

Friday the Thirteenth and Shakespeare's Ides of March

Image from Blog d'Ellison.
Like other paraskevidekatriaphobes, Churchy LaFemme, the turtle in Walt Kelly's Pogo, feared Friday the 13th. Though Shakespeare never portrayed that phobia, he did provide a vivid rendering of the reason why March the 15th is also considered unlucky.

To commemorate this year's Ides of March, here's a still from Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1953 film of Julius Caesar.

Richard Hale's Soothsayer, brought forward by John Gielgud's
Cassius, warns Louis Calhern's Julius Caesar to beware
the Ides of March.
Image from Living in Cinema.

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